Positive mental health at work

Positive mental health at work


workplaces and workspaces should allow
people to thrive but how do we make this happen how do we create workplaces where
people can be productive and feel supported but equally understand the
pressures and the priorities that employers and managers have both
internally and externally. At Acas we’ve been working with our key
stakeholders to develop a framework on positive mental health at work. We want
to try and combine something where people can work well and feel well.
Employers we asked you to lead from the front
be proactive take the mental health of yourself and your employees seriously
think about how you can support people who are experiencing mental ill-health.
Equally think about the pressures in your environment that may be creating
additional stress for people particularly those more vulnerable to
mental ill health and finally think about how you can create an environment that
considers everyone’s well-being where people are supported and encouraged to
work well and feel well. Managers you are the gatekeepers of well-being you know
what makes people tick and work well. Having a conversation about how
someone’s getting on, what parts of their role they enjoy and are challenge by and
what elements they may need extra help with is a great way to start having
those further conversations that maybe a little bit more difficult. Asking how you
are and listening to the answer is a good start, no one got worse from
somebody asking me how they were. This is a great way to take you on the route to
building greater rapport with your staff and more importantly encouraging further
conversations. So the message for us all as individuals regardless for our role
or function, from boardroom to shop floor and everywhere in between is that we
have a responsibility to look after our own health and well-being. We may need
extra help at times particularly when we’re feeling under pressure to develop
the right sort of coping mechanisms but there is plenty that we can do in the
workplace to help ourselves and our colleagues to work well and feel
well. As we see in the press every day mental ill-health can affect anyone and
everyone there is no one cause or one solution. If we take greater collective
responsibility and increase our understanding as employers, managers and
individual we can hopefully achieve our shared goal of positive well-being and
productive workplaces To support this
goal Acas has developed additional guidance and training programs you

Daniel Yohans

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